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    Default (Newbie) question on head stock mountings

    Hi to all , first post here and rather new at turning. I have been playing with my old new toy (wood lathe) for a few weeks and really enjoying it.
    been turning a few bits of oregon and pine and some vic ash, just spindle work with the tail stock supporting.As i have only one small central screw faceplate,I am noticing that the timbers (all the above) are destroying the thread inside the timber on the head stock side after a while to the point where the timber is stalling.
    I have a 1 inch spindle with 8 tpi thread just wondering what im doing wrong and if there are any cheap second hand faceplates and or chucks around i can purchase. Most of all some advise please
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    What you are using on your headstock, is a screw chuck and is normaly used in crossgrain for example the top side of a bowl blank while you are shaping the outside and bottom of it.The way you are using ,it in end grain, it will invariably chew out the hole.I asume you can remove this screw chuck and will have a hollow shaft with a M2 taper in it.In this you mount a spur drive which will fit in a centre punched hole in your bit of wood and away you go.Spur drives are not expensive .
    Ted

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    Hi one good turn and welcome to turning and this forum,
    As Ted pointed out that is a screw chuck and is usefull for some small faceplate work. You need a spur drive. Is there any other bits and pieces came with that lathe. If so post some pics and the good people on here will point you in the right directon. A spur drive is not expensive and thread adaptors can also be obtained to fit chucks and the like.
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    Default Spur drive

    Mate, its worth putting your location a lot more specifically, you will find most folks on here incredibly helpful and don't be surprised if a local turner drops one off in your letterbox !!

    Regards and welcome,
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    One Good Turn; Welcome to the forum and to wood turning.

    As others have said a spur drive would be better for spindle turning.

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    Ok thankyou turnerted, orraloon,tangoman,christos thanks guys for that information on spur drives and also i never realized the middle of screw chuck was changeable, but as pointed out will help me work out a few possibilities.
    For any interested i live in Anglesea victoria ,carnt seem to update profile so sorry im from australia at the moment.

    Would i be right to assume there are different sized spur drives for different sized timbers, I eventually would like to turn some table legs and the like when more experienced , im very interested in some barley sugar twists and the like, and realize these cannot be turned ,but i have seen some router assemblies geared to a lathe for this purpose.
    Also if i want to turn larger ,heavier timbers (200-300 mm)logs,do i need to upgrade head stock/tailstock fittings ?

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    I love to hear from a man with ambition
    I think the best advice anyone can give you is to find your local wood turning group and go along you will be amazed at the amount of help and knowledge that they will be only to willing to give and it is so much easier to learn when you can see what is going on right in front of you
    Ohh and welcome to the slippery downhill slide of woodturning

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    Welcome to the forum OGT. As Bowl Basher suggested, coming to a club is a good place to start when you are learning what to do. You can get some information about my club from the link on my signature. You probably can't edit your location until you get a certain number of posts up (not sure what that No. is).
    When you unscrew the screw chuck from the headstock shaft, is there a morse taper (tapered hole) in the headstock shaft. Some cheaper lathes don't have them which makes life a little more difficult, but it's not the end of the world and can be worked around.
    Does it have a brand name?
    Dallas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    Welcome to the forum OGT. As Bowl Basher suggested, coming to a club is a good place to start when you are learning what to do. You can get some information about my club from the link on my signature. You probably can't edit your location until you get a certain number of posts up (not sure what that No. is).
    When you unscrew the screw chuck from the headstock shaft, is there a morse taper (tapered hole) in the headstock shaft. Some cheaper lathes don't have them which makes life a little more difficult, but it's not the end of the world and can be worked around.
    Does it have a brand name?
    Thanks Treecycle ,just had a play with the screw chuck and have found that it is also threaded into the screw chuck , so mine must be a cheaper model i guess,bugger coz ive purchased the wrong type of spur drive,anyway i guess ill have to look for the threaded type or a fitting of some description

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    OGT, definitely post a bunch of pictures. The number of people who have truly arcane knowledge here is unreal.

    Pix of the headstock, back, guts and any branding.

    They will have you sorted quick smart.

    LOTS of pictures of your work too....they will offer pointers.

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    Lots of good advice here OGT!! Take note!! Welcome to the addiction!!!

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    Bowl Basher!! Where have you been??

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    The screw chuck has hole/s for a tommy bar on it's outer rim. Is there a spindle lock or hole in the spindle or flats that you can use to hold the spindle and allow you to unscrew the screw chuck form the spindle. it looks from the photos as though the spindle is big enough to have a M2 taper inside. The lathe also appears to have an outrigger on the outboard side - is there a hole through the spindle visible from the rear?
    Mick C
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    Quote Originally Posted by mañana View Post
    it looks from the photos as though the spindle is big enough to have a M2 taper inside. Mick C
    I agree with Mick looking at the photos.

    Here is a link to holding methods by Mike Peace and he covers almost all methods of holding a piece on the lathe in the 1.5 hours.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUXil-5dEeo

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